Perthshire, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 02, 2010 -- Bumper sales were reported from shops and online retailers this Christmas season in Scotland even as freezing temperatures and one of the worst economic slow down has affected lives almost everywhere, says Travel Scotland [http://www.scotland.org.uk/index.htm], a leading travel site.
Reports say that neither the cold nor the recession has dampened the festive spirits of Christmas shoppers in Scotland and hence the bumper sales. Many cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow recorded brisk sales and the trend is expected to remain till New Year.
A bumper weekend sales was registered on high streets and shopping centres, which did brisk business in the light of an imminent VAT rise. Reports say that apart from the big chains like John Lewis & Marks & Spencer, smaller shops also were crowded and soon, the excitement spilled over to the quaint wayside coffee bars and snack outlets that catered to the hungry shoppers . The bargain shoppers hit the high street shops to steal a few deals. Shops opened at day break to cater to the surging crowd who made use of the discount deals offered by many shops on the Boxing day, on Sunday. Many retailers reported impressive double-digit sales growth in the weekend sales bonanza.
Though the New Year sales will continue to attract shoppers with discount sales and attractive offers, many retailers are apprehensive of a low sales in the ensuing months. The shoppers who want to duck the imminent VAT rise, which will be back to 17.5% from January 1 against the slashed 15% last year, indulged in a last minute shopping spree.
With Edinburgh witnessing an unprecedented tourist surge with Hogmanay, shopping had got a real big impetus this year. Many online tourist operators catering exclusively to Scotland including http://www.scotland.org.uk have said that the mood is upbeat and robust and hope that this trend will continue in 2010.
Millions of shoppers hit the streets for a shopping splurge and there was a one-mile tailback on the M77 in Glasgow as bargain hunters waited patiently in front of shopping centres. Some of the items that were on the top of the shopping list of customers included laptops, TVs, mobile phones and home-wares, winter coats, jumpers, cocktail dresses, cashmere cardigans and winter boots.
Supermarkets in the suburbs also enjoyed a big jump in their sales with enthusiastic Boxing Day customers and Christmas revelers, going all out in bringing home their favourite gadgets! Online shopping sites too had their fair share of customers this season and the department store chain John Lewis reported receiving an order every 10 seconds on Christmas Day! The unexpected frenzied shopping has helped the retailers to begin this year on a high note.